OREANDA-NEWS. July 08, 2016. Pobeda, the low-cost subsidiary of PJSC Aeroflot (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT), has carried 2 million passengers since the start of 2016, reaching the mark two months earlier than in 2015. More than 5 million passengers have flown with Pobeda since it started operations in late 2014.

Andrey Kalmykov, CEO of Pobeda, said: Demand in the Russian market for low-cost flights has exceeded even the most daring expectations. By the end of the year Pobeda is expected to carry at least 2 million more passengers, bringing out total for the year to more than 4 million a third more than in 2015. Thanks to our passengers, Pobeda has significantly strengthened its position among the worlds leading low-cost airlines.

In June, an authoritative ranking in Airline Business magazine named Pobeda the worlds fastest-growing low-cost airline in 2015. Aeroflots budget carrier flew 3.1 million passengers in 2015 and rose 29 places in the ranking to 71st overall.

Pobedas summer schedule serves approximately 60 domestic and international destinations. Notable changes this year include regular flights to Cyprus, Montenegro, Italy and Spain. In total Pobeda flies ten international routes from Moscow Vnukovo on its summer timetable.

Domestically, Pobedas seasonal program focuses on major resorts in southern Russia such as Sochi, Anapa, and Gelendzhik. This summer, Pobeda passengers from almost 20 Russian cities will be able to fly direct to southern resorts without needing to transfer in Moscow. Pobeda also flies to more than 20 domestic destinations from Moscow Vnukovo airport.